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Dell EMC SC9000 Array Controller

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Turbocharge your data center and lower TCO with the fast, highly scalable Dell EMC SC9000.

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PCIe Gen 3 slots
7 per controller
4 full-height (cache card consumes one), 3 low-profile
Any slot may be used for either front-end network or back-end expansion capacity connections

Front-end network protocols
FC, iSCSI, FCoE (supports simultaneous multiprotocol)

Max 32Gb FC ports
32 per array (SFP+)

Max 16Gb FC ports
40 per array

Max 8GbFC ports

12 per array

Max 100Gb iSCSI ports

20 QSFP28 per array

Max 25Gb iSCSI ports
20 SFP28 per array

Max 10Gb iSCSI ports
32 SFP+ or BaseT per array

Max 10Gb FCoE ports

12 per array

Back-end expansion protocols
12Gb SAS (auto-negotiates to 6Gb)

Max back-end expansion ports
40 per array

Data Protection

DataProtection DisasterRecovery Security

Business continuity
Live Volume bi-directional auto-failover, auto-repair
Continuous operations, disaster recovery, disaster avoidance
Includes third-site (tertiary) replication options
Zero RTO/RPO with customizable site failover SLAs per volume
VMware Metro Stretch Cluster support
VMware Site Recovery Manager

Distributed sparing
No dedicated hot spares required, all drives available for I/O

Application Consistency
Replay Manager: Application-consistent snapshots in Microsoft or VMware environments
AppSync: Application-consistent snapshots in Microsoft, VMware, Oracle environments

Environmental Operating Conditions

Operating: 41º to 104ºF ( 5º to 40ºC )
Non-operating: -40º to 149ºF ( -40º to 65ºC )

Operating: 10% to 80% (non-condensing)
Non-operating: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)


Max SAN hosts: 500
Max initiator ports: 1000
Max LUN size: 500TB
Max number of LUNs: 2000
Max number of snapshots: 32,000
Max IOPS: 2,220,000i
Max IOPS:(with latency less than 1ms) 2,085,000i
Max IOPS (80% reads, 20% writes): 502,000i
Max throughput (reads): 33,000 MB/si
Max throughput (writes): 19,000 MB/si


Management interface
Browser-based (HTML 5):
Unisphere for SC (element manager)
Unisphere Central (multi-array management)
CloudIQ (cloud-based analytics and monitoring)

Client application:
Dell Storage Manager (multi-array, multi-site, cross-platform management)

Firmware updates
Online, non-disruptivei Firmware may be set to download automatically, with option to trigger installation manually if desired.

Workload management

Scripting support
SMI-S, Microsoft PowerShell API, RESTful API

Host OS support
Microsoft® Windows Server®, Oracle® Solaris, HP®-UX, Oracle Linux, IBM® AIX®, Novell® NetWare, SLES, Apple, HPTru64, VMware®, Citrix® XenServer®, RedHat® 

Third-party application integration
VMware, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, OpenStack™, Symantec™, Commvault®, Veeam®, Docker™ -- see SC Series Management spec sheet for more details

VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster, VMware SRM, Veritas Storage Foundations Suite, IBM VIOS Recognized, Oracle Validated Infrastructure (OVI); see Dell Storage Support Matrix for additional certifications and details

Support assist (phone home), remote diagnostics and performance monitoring, automated alerts, reports and notifications, departmental chargeback


Power/wattage: 2 hot-swappable 1100W 80 PLUS® Energy Star Platinum-certified power supplies
Maximum output power: 1100 W
Maximum input power: 1200 W
Maximum input current: 12 A
Maximum inrush current: 25A for 10 ms or less
Nominal input voltage operating range: 100-240 VAC
Nominal input frequency: 50/60 Hz
Maximum thermal output/heat dissipation: 4,760 BTU per hour (per controller)

6 hot-swappable fan modules

Dell EMC SC9000 - Scale, streamline and accelerate your enterprise data center

Scale, streamline and accelerate your enterprise data center

The SC9000 provides an ideal solution for large-scale storage, high-end workloads and distributed enterprise environments. Our latest flagship array offers all the industry-leading capabilities of the SC Series line in a fully upgraded, more scalable system. Enhancements include:
  • 40% more IOPS,* over 110% more throughput* 
  • Dual 8-core Intel® Xeon®, 4x system memory
  • Intelligent deduplication and compression 
  • Multi-array federation and auto-failover
  • Enhanced virtualization and encryption
  • Cross-platform replication and shared management with PS Series arrays 

The SC9000 is backed by Dell Copilot Services, which combines centralized support, education and sales resources with 24x7 active system monitoring to help improve performance and stability.
Dell EMC SC9000 - Massively expandable to scale up and out

Manage storage at the data center level

Although a single SC9000 provides quick, modular expansion to over 6PB raw SAN capacity per array*, it can also be interconnected with other SC Series arrays in larger federated systems, elevating and abstracting data control across your environment.*
  • Included Live Migrate “storage hypervisor” feature lets you move volumes non-disruptively between arrays without remapping hosts.
  • Included Volume Advisor proactively monitors all arrays for the optimal volume placement, based on customizable policies.
Dell EMC SC9000 - Flash and hybrid performance powerhouse

Flash and hybrid performance powerhouse

Innovative all-flash and hybrid SC9000 solutions can revolutionize the speed and impact of your applications. Intelligent multi-tier SSD capability,* new 12Gb SAS backend, and a wide range of HDDs and ultra-dense expansion options give SC9000 the power, throughput headroom and ultimate flexibility to meet ever-changing workload demands.

With SC9000, flash becomes practical and cost-effective at any scale, extending its proven competitive advantages to more aspects of your data-driven business.

Always available storage

SC9000 is ideal for non-stop environments such as private cloud deployments. Live Volume provides native business continuity, enabling transparent auto-failover to synchronized backup volumes on another SC series array. Live Volume keeps workloads running during unplanned outages and repairs your high-availability environment automatically when an array comes back online.

  • Deeper intelligence and efficiency drives real cost savings you can reinvest in your business, with intelligent compression and deduplication for all drive types, dynamic RAID tiering and pervasive “thin” methods.
  • Enhanced storage virtualization and control lets you map resources to business priorities, meeting Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for mission-critical apps, even in multi-tenancy environments, with QoS and VVols support.
  • Unprecedented levels of flexibility and investment protection allows SC arrays to coexist and replicate in PS Series environments. PS Series customers can now add SC arrays if and when they choose.
Dell EMC SC9000 - Modular, enterprise-grade platform

Modular, enterprise-grade platform

Redundant, hot-swappable components make the SC9000 a resilient, easy-to-deploy and highly available solution. Add capacity quickly with any of five supported expansion enclosures and customize I/O connections to multi-protocol SANs (FC and/or iSCSI)

SC9000 customers can scale with confidence knowing they are deploying a true future-ready solution. Additional investment protection includes:
  • Extensive third-party integrations (VMware, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and more)
  • Lifetime SSD warranty with comprehensive coverage against wear-out*
  • Tiering flexibility to assimilate new technologies faster
  • Optional FIPS-certified self-encrypting SSDs and HDDs
  • Simplified, evergreen software licenses
A new level of Storage Center OS efficiency

A new level of Storage Center OS efficiency

SCOS 7 is a ground-breaking leap forward in the evolution of Dell’s SC platform, offering diverse environments the ideal access point to deploy uniquely adaptable, future-ready storage solutions. New capabilities include:

  • Over 10:1 capacity savings with intelligent deduplication and compression*
  • Federated data control with Live Migrate
  • Seamless business continuity with Live Volume auto-failover between arrays
  • Unified management and cross-platform replication between SC and PS Series arrays
  • Quality-of-Service (QoS), VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) support, iSCSI Datacenter Bridging (DCB)* and more…

Key SC Series OS and software advantages are summarized below. See individual spec sheets and product documentation for additional features and specific platform support.
Self-optimizing, automated storage

Self-optimizing, automated storage

Based on actual use and application performance requirements, SC Series Data Progression automatically optimizes your drive tiers and RAID levels for performance and cost savings. By default, all new data is written to fastest Tier 1 drives at RAID 10 performance levels, then converted to economical RAID 5/6 for subsequent reads.

As data ages, it’s moved to less expensive storage until it becomes more active again. All-flash and hybrid arrays can leverage the unique attributes of write- and read-intensive SSDs in combination. Data is precisely where it’s needed, when it’s needed – the perfect combination of high IOPs and cost savings.
Space savings in the data center

Space savings in the data center

SC Series delivers unprecedented levels of platform efficiency, plus the most comprehensive data reduction.*
  • Intelligent deduplication and compression for all storage tiers and drive types
  • Dynamic Capacity (thin provisioning) completely separates storage allocation from utilization, enabling you to allocate any size volume up front yet only consume physical capacity on write
  • Thin snapshots solve tradeoff issues between granularity and capacity cost savings
  • Remote Instant Replay (“thin replication”) offers a cost-effective disaster recovery solution
Advanced data mobility, business continuity and security

Advanced data mobility, business continuity and security

The SC Series Live Migrate “storage hypervisor” feature, included with the base product, allows you to move data seamlessly between arrays without remapping your hosts, optimizing utilization of available capacity and cache across federated multi-array systems.

Live Volume auto-failover offers a native business continuity solution, providing volume-level protection from unplanned outages with no need for additional hardware or software.

And, to avoid data loss or compromise from physical security breaches, the SC Series offers a complete range of FIPS 140-2 certified self-encrypting drives (SEDs) in both SSD and HDD formats, plus support for leading third-party key managers.
Intuitive management at your fingertips

Intuitive management at your fingertips

Dell Storage Manager (DSM, formerly known as Enterprise Manager) provides comprehensive monitoring and management of all local and remote SC Series arrays. With DSM you can streamline administration and reduce operating costs with advanced features like volume-level QoS, VVols support and departmental “charge-back” reporting, allowing instant visibility and control of a multi-terabyte, multi-location environment.

DSM also allows you to perform day-to-day tasks across SC and PS Series arrays from a single management interface. Easy-to-use data replication and migration between platforms gives PS customers flexibility to add SC arrays to their environment, if and when they choose.
Data center automation with leading technology partner integrations

Data center automation with leading technology partner integrations

SC Series features a vast array of integration points with VMware, Microsoft, Oracle, OpenStack, IBM, CommVault, Symantec, VERITAS, Veeam and more. VMware® vSphere™ plug-in, vCenter™ SRM adapter and VAAI support help you manage storage and virtual machines together.

With the introduction of Application Protection Manager for Oracle and now enhanced for the Linux environment, you can create application-consistent Replays for Oracle databases. Combined with Storage Center Data Instant Replay (DIR), it will ensure reliable application, consistent backup and recovery of Oracle and Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) enabled applications (Exchange, SQL and Hyper-V) and VMware virtual machines (VMs).

Dell Storage SC Series expansion enclosures

With up to 1024 total drives and 6PB* raw capacity in a single array, the SC9000 is massively scalable. All data is managed through the primary storage controller, deployed in redundant pairs. To expand capacity, you can mix and match from any of the five supported expansion enclosures, depending on your specific performance, cost or density needs.

Options are available for ultra-dense (84 drives in 5U) and new high-performance 12Gb SAS enclosures. Adding a new enclosure is simple – the new drives can be automatically assimilated into the existing virtualized pool, or set up as their own standalone pool. Data-in-place upgrades* make it easy to change controllers and other key components, or migrate from legacy SC Series arrays.
Dell SC400

Dell Storage SC400

  • (12) 3.5" drive slots 
  • 2U rack size
  • 120TB max capacity per enclosure
  • 12Gb SAS (dual modules) controller-enclosure connection
  • Supports intermixed drives
  • SSDs: 1.6TB/3.84TB
  • HDDs: 4TB/6TB/8TB/10TB 7.2K
  • Compatible with SC9000 and SC7020 controller
Dell SC420

Dell Storage SC420


  • (24) 2.5" drive slots
  • 2U rack size
  • 368TB max capacity per enclosure
  • 12Gb SAS (dual modules) controller-enclosure connection
  • Supports intermixed drives
  • SSDs: 400GB/480GB/800GB/960GB/1.6TB/1.92TB/ 3.84TB/7.68TB/15.36TB
  • HDDs: 600GB 15K and 1.2TB/1.8TB 10K
  • Compatible with SC9000 and SC7020 controller
Dell EMC SC460

Dell EMC SC460

  • (60) 3.5 inches drive slots
  • 4U rack size
  • 600TB max capacity per enclosure
  • 12Gb SAS (dual modules) controller-enclosure connection
  • HDDs: 3.5 inches NL SAS 6TB, 8TB, 10TB, and 10TB SED FIPS
  • Compatible with SC9000, SC7020 and SC5020 controller

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